I have a hypothetical to pose and it is based on a proposition called Occam’s Razor. This is a proposition first developed by Friar William of Ockham in the 14th century. Sir Isaac Newton stated it as:
“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”
The most common modern idiom is typically expressed as:
When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.
The hypothetical I pose is this:
Specifically, we can all agree that we have experienced terrorist attacks in America and while there have been non-Muslim domestic terror attacks (going back to bombings and violence by the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers and groups like the Symbionese Liberation Army), both Muslim and non-Muslim attacks have been based on some ideology.
If, in Islam there is no political ideology because there is nothing but serving Allah and Muslims recognize no other earthly authority, does that not mean that in this case, ideology and theology are one and the same?
If that is true, then does it also not follow that attacks on non-Muslim targets – like a majority Christian nation like America – would be motivated by the struggle for ideological/theological supremacy of Islam over Christianity?
I think that this is the application of Occam’s Razor to an issue that people have attempted to explain by thousands of different, yet illegitimate, reasons. This is the same motivation for the expansions of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphates of history.
What has changed in Islam or Christianity – other than the latter has become much more moderate since the Reformation while the former has not? What reason is there to believe that it is different today that in the 1100’s?
Is not the goal of the fundamentalist followers of Islam still world domination – converted by the sword if necessary?
Could this be a subconscious recognition that fuels the anti-Christian stances we are seeing from our government? Could it be less than Islamic influence in the Obama Administration and more of their acknowledgement of the power of Islam and a desire to avoid conflict via appeasement, avoidance and disadvantaging the enemy of Islam – Christianity?
It is an ugly thought – but when the complex is stripped away, the picture that is left is one no different than that of the Middle Ages. It has all the appearance of a religious war, and a war that a secular nation is ill prepared to recognize, let alone fight. All non-Muslims, moderate Muslims – even atheists need to understand this – there are no neutral parties in a war of this nature.